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SAD PHOTOS: SEA SHADOW FINALLY GETS SCRAPPED

Some awesome but sad pics found and sent over by Aviationintel reader Nicolae Sinu depict a horrific scene- one of the most fascinating vessels of the Cold War, the Lockheed Skunk Work’s stealthy Sea Shadow, being scrapped while still cocooned … Read the rest of this entry

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INTERESTING PICTURES SHOWING THE “GRAY DRAGON” F-117 AERIAL REFUELING

These were posted over at the ATS forums by “boomer135,” it is not yet clear exactly how old these shots are. As you can see the jet is not in “pristine” condition when it comes to paint and tape uniformity. … Read the rest of this entry

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ASTONISHING MUST WATCH VIDEO!: SEE THE F-35s AVIONICS SUITE IN ACTION

This is a fantastic video posted over at Engaget featuring the F-35 unclassified simulator and how all the sensors fuse together to create a truly point and click fighter jet. Keep in mind that aside from the F-35’s low radar … Read the rest of this entry

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FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS FROM F-35 DRIVERS:

The Joint Strike Fighter Team was alive and well at Fanborough, they even unleashed a couple of its key test pilots to talk to the media about their impressions of the jet. Keep in mind that these folks are an … Read the rest of this entry

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“EXCUSE ME MR. LIGHTNING, YOU DROPPED SOMETHING!”

More Joint Strike Fighter “pit testing” pics:

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F-35 NEWS UPDATE!: June 28th, 2012

F-35’s DISTRIBUTED APERTURE SYSTEM & APG-81 RADAR DETECTS & TRACKS BALLISTIC MISSILES What an amazing capability serious growth potential, not just in the F-35 but in other manned and unmanned platforms as well! —————————————————————————————————————— NEW WEAPON FOR F-35 MAY BE … Read the rest of this entry

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A VERY CONVENIENT TRUTH: LOCKHEED BIG WIG SAYS KEY TO KEEPING DOWN F-35 COSTS IS TO SELL THEM IN LARGE VOLUME

Lockheed operations guru Chris Kubasic makes it clear that the key to saving money on the F-35 program is to order them by the bushel. Well this may be only partially true, as many other factors will impact the cost … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 SCRAP RATE 16%: WHY ON EARTH HAVE WE BOUGHT ALMOST 100 JETS THAT ARE BEING PRODUCED FULL OF FLAWS AND UNVALIDATED SYSTEMS?

PLEASE SEE UPDATED COMMENTARY ON USMC STANDING UP “OPERATION SQUADRON” AFTER READING THE PIECE BELOW: http://aviationintel.com/2012/11/19/go-ask-alis-the-f-35-is-about-to-go-fictionally-operational-woefully-unprepared/ http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/08/lockheed-fighter-idINL1E8H8GO520120608 The F-35 has a scrap/rework rate of 16%, much higher than any other aircraft during this time in it’s procurement. I have said … Read the rest of this entry

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WHY IS THE STEALTHY F-117 NIGHTHAWK STILL FLYING?

I am trying to catch up with reader requests and one common strain of emails pertains to questions surrounding why the F-117 Nighthawk, America’s first stealth attack aircraft, is still flying around the Nellis Range Complex years after it’s official … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: JUNE 5th, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: UPDATE ON NAVAIR’S F-5N WING CRACKING ISSUE Original post: http://aviationintel.com/2012/06/03/exclusive-navairs-f-5n-fleet-grounded-due-to-extensive-wing-cracking/ Apparently the F-5N’s wing cracking issue which resulted in an immediate stand-down of what is the backbone of the USN and USMC aggressor force is caused by cracked LAU-7 … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON POISONOUS RAPTORS & WHISTLE-BLOWING FIGHTER PILOTS

DEFINITION: hypoxia- also referred to as altitude sickness, is caused due to a reduced amount of oxygen in the bloodstream affecting the brain and causing such symptoms as dizziness, shortness of breath, and mental confusion. The onset of hypoxia can … Read the rest of this entry

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THANK GOODNESS: THE USAF WILL NOT REPLACE THEIR A-10s WITH F-35Bs

Flightglobal has a nice little piece about the USAF’s confirmation that it will not procure the F-35B, although not mainly due to capability gaps but because the USAF thinks the F-35B has a lower sortie rate than what is desired. … Read the rest of this entry

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SECOND J-20 PROTOTYPE SHOWS SIGNS OF MATURITY

Alert5.com posted a nice comparison of the two aircraft. It’s a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” type of exercise but if you look closely you can see some slight changes between the two prototypes, and thanks goodness they finally got … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER ROLLER COASTER!: UK SETTLES ON F-35B, SUPER HELMET MAY WORK NOW, MORE UP-BEAT SPIN FROM PROGRAM BRASS, NAVY IN FANTASY-LAND OVER 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER WISHES

LOGIC PREVAILS! THE UK RE-SELECTS F-35B As predicted here since the day the news hit that the UK would switch their requirement for a carrier fighter from the F-35B to the F-35C the Cameron government and MoD have realized just … Read the rest of this entry

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TAIWAN GETS SLAPPED WITH A FAT F-16 UPGRADE BID, WANT’S NEW F-16s, MAY WAIT FOR F-35B

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/05/08/2003532288 Just as suggested here recently, Taiwan is realizing that the right jet to survive and prevail against possible Chinese aggression is not the latest model F-16 but the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, … Read the rest of this entry

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